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Burkina Faso: at least 40 dead in the jihadist assault on the city of Djibo

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The death toll from the massive jihadist attack that occurred last Sunday in the city of Djibo, in the Sahel region, in the north of Burkina Faso. This was reported today by the United States Human Rights Office United Nations (Unocha), according to which a large number of fighters from the Group for Support of Islam and Muslims (Jnim), a pro-al Qaeda formation active in the Sahel, attacked a military base, houses and camps for internally displaced persons in the city, killing at least 40 civilians and wounding 42. The target of the attack, according to security sources, was an army detachment. “The attack started on Sunday around 15pm (local time) and was carried out by several hundred armed men who tried in vain to enter the (military base),” the source said, adding that the attackers were hit from air raids by the air force.


 

According to the same source, the attack was carried out by "several waves of armed groups" for more than three hours. The subsequent search for attackers who survived the attack “made it possible to neutralize several dozen other terrorists,” the source added. The information agency of Burkina Faso he stated that “more than 400 terrorists (were) neutralized during the counteroffensive of the Burkinabe armed forces against almost 3 thousand criminals who attempted to take over the city of Djibo”. The Country is fighting an insurgency that spread to neighboring Mali in 2015 and has caused the deaths of more than 17 civilians and soldiers and the displacement of 2 million people. Burkina Faso is governed by a transitional government installed after a September 2022 coup. The military junta recently drafted men over 18 for its counter-insurgency fight.

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